Back in July, I had the pleasure of taking the Walks 'N' Wags Pet First Aid course and since then, I am on a mission to encourage pet owners everywhere to do the same. (Note: I am NOT being compensated for this endorsement) It wasn't until I was in the class that I realized that ALL pet owners should know the basics of pet first aid. Within the 10 hours of instruction (it surprisingly went fast!) I learned some skills that as a pet parent, could make the world of difference to an animal in distress or even worse....heading for death.
I recently asked the Operations Director of Walks 'N' Wags, Lisa Wagner, to submit information about the Pet First Aid course for readers to check out. Thank you Lisa.
With a Head Office based in Vancouver, BC Canada, Walks ‘N’ Wags Pet First Aid first opened its doors in March 2000. We were originally a dog walking and cat sitting company, but expanded to offer Pet First Aid courses in 2003.
Walks ‘N’ Wags Pet First Aid is proud to offer a fun, hands-on, comprehensive 10 hour program. Our course caters to both the general public and to pet professionals. Participants will learn a step-by-step process of how to handle a pet emergency, including: how to safety approach an injured animal, bandaging and splinting skills, choking/artificial respiration and CPR. They will also learn ways to prevent illness and injury, receive education regarding common medical illnesses, parasites, poisons, and much, much more! Upon successful completion you (and your pet) will receive a Certificate.
(I called these doggequins. They had cat ones too!)
While we never wish injury upon an animal, one of the most rewarding parts of our business is hearing pet first aid success stories from our clients. Our goal is for our participants to feel confident and empowered upon leaving our classes.
Pet professionals and emergency personnel who wish to bring Walks ‘N’ Wags training to their area may also wish to pursue our Instructor program. Both our initial course and our Instructor programs can be completed either in-person or at home via Distance Learning. In addition to training, we offer a number of pet first aid and safety supplies.
What separates Walks ‘N’ Wags from other Pet First Aid companies:
1. We are the longest running Pet First Aid program in North America.
2. Our program contains a strong component on prevention and early detection since we hope to decrease the likelihood that our participant’s animals will face an emergency.
3. We allow live pets in all of our classes. We feel that this offers a more realistic and fun experience.
4. We are a community-focussed organization. Our family of Instructors donate time, money, course spaces, and supplies to support both local and international programs to assist pets in need.
5. Our program is 10 hours in duration. Many pet first aid programs run over 4-8 hours. We want to ensure that no corners are cut and therefore offer our curriculum accordingly.
6. We are recommended by our colleagues. Walks ‘N’ Wags is recommended by Veterinarians, SPCA’s, Humane Societies, Rescues, Pet Insurance companies, Pet Magazines, Pet care professionals and more.
7. 5 star service. Our goal is to provide students with excellent service and training. Our Head Office has an open door policy and we are more than happy to personally connect with our participants to hear their thoughts and ideas.
We currently have 60+ Instructors teaching in over 100 communities. Many of our courses are in Canada; however, we are always thrilled to hear from candidates in new communities who wish to bring the program to their area.
We list current course dates on our calendar at: http://www.walksnwags.com/firstaiddates.php Be sure to check back frequently since we are always updating the calendar with new dates. Please also feel free to contact our Head Office to discuss arranging a course at your location if you don’t see it listed online.
Thank you Lisa for providing such a meaningful and useful program for pet parents. I myself am really looking forward to taking the next step and become a Pet First Aid Instructor. The life jacket is just in case of flash floods. You can never be too prepared as a dog mom.